Honorary Irish Fellowship

October 15, 2012

In September 2012 I was honoured to be invited by the Irish Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine to attend their annual conference in Dublin and to accept an Honorary Fellowship. The conference itself was held over two days at the College of Surgeons and was excellent. I spoke in a seminar in stress fractures.

The conference quality was very good and full credit to Dr Nick Mahony the Conference chair.

The highlight for me was undoubtedly the Fellowship ceremony. It was a formal affair attended by various dignitaries including the Dean of the Faculty Dr Joe Commiskey, The President of the Irish College of Surgeons, and various other senior medical figures. Dr Eanna Falvey spoke very kindly about my career and then the Fellowship was awarded.

Following the obligatory photo shoot, we then adjourned for a dinner at which I was asked to say a few words. I spoke about my Irish heritage which is a bit surprising for someone called Brukner! However my maternal grandfather Thomas Loughman was born in the village of Caraganagh, Tipperary in 1875 before emigrating to Australia seven years later. I also spoke about the famous Irish Australian the late Jim Stynes whom I had been fortunate to know during my time at Melburne Football Club in the late 1980s when Jim was just starting out on his AFL career.

Here are some photos

   

with Dr Eanna Falvey